Libraries A re a Workforce Resource. Every door is the right door…. Carnegie recognized that libraries prepare workers for employment.
Libraries Are aWorkforce Resource
Every door is the right door…
“There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”
Public libraries are often a child’s first introduction to literacy skills - just as they were 100 years ago.
Early Learning Skills
Children’s programs may vary from reading to a dog (or guinea pig), to cultural performances, to creating their own books. They all have one thing in common, though. Library programs are built on a foundation of research on how to teach literacy skills as well as how to educate parents & caregivers on reinforcing these skills at home.
K-12 library programs are vital partners with classroom teachers as students develop the skills needed for post-secondary education and the 21st century workforce. Library media programs that have qualified media specialists, collections that support the curriculum, and are integrated into learning, teach students how to find, evaluate, analyze, and apply information.
Students are taught how to:· Access information efficiently and effectively.· Evaluate information critically and competently.· Use information accurately and creatively to solve the issue or problem at hand.· Understand both how and why media messages are constructed, and for what purposes.· Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, create, and communicate information.· Be good digital citizens with an understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information, access and use of media, and the use of technology.These are the skills that make it possible to function successfully in a knowledge economy.
Minnesota has 316 public libraries within 12 regional library systems.
Workforce centers are located
in 49 communities
throughout the state.
In the metro area, comparative research found:
including evenings & weekends!
English Language Development
English Language Classes
Free Wi Fi and Access to Computers
Establish and maintain public access web pathfinder information for job seekers and entrepreneurs.
Deploy portals on each member library website.
Provide electronic resources that replicate and augment core offerings from workforce centers.
Libraries provide online resources 24/7
Serving residents anytime, anywhere…
Job Searching & Small Business
Languages & Legal Forms
Magazines & Newspapers
Job Search Online
LearningExpress MN Job & Career Prep Statistics
Prep Modules Delivered 2011
Libraries have always been about literacy & bridging divides. They are still about service to all, literacy, and now, digital literacy, a vital component of the skills needed for a 21st century workforce.
Questions? Please contact:
Marlene Moulton Janssen,
Anoka County Library Director
763-785-3695 or email